Chocolate Babka: A Delicious and Dairy-Free Treat
Are you looking for a decadent and delicious treat that is also dairy-free? Look no further than this recipe for chocolate babka! This sweet bread is filled with a rich chocolate filling and topped with a sugary glaze. It's the perfect addition to your breakfast or brunch spread, and it also makes a great dessert.
To make the bread, start by mixing together 2 tsp of instant yeast, 2 tbsp of light brown sugar, and 1/4 cup of warm water. Allow this mixture to sit for about 10 minutes, until it becomes frothy. Next, in a separate bowl, cream together 1/3 cup of granulated sugar and 1/3 cup of dairy-free butter. Add 3/4 cup of dairy-free milk, 1/2 cup of applesauce, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract to the butter mixture. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups of bread flour, 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, and 1/2 tsp of salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl and allow it to rise for about an hour, until it has doubled in size.
While the dough is rising, prepare the chocolate filling. In a saucepan, melt together 1/2 cup of dairy-free butter, 4 oz of dairy-free chocolate, 4 tbsp of cocoa powder, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, and 1/8 tsp of ground cinnamon. Mix until smooth and set aside.
Once the dough has risen, roll it out into a rectangle. Spread the chocolate filling evenly over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges. Roll the dough up tightly, like a jelly roll, and place it in a greased loaf pan. Allow the loaf to rise for another 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake the babka for about 30-35 minutes, or until it is golden brown and cooked through. While the babka is baking, prepare the sugar glaze by mixing together 6 tbsp of granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of water. Once the babka is done baking, brush the glaze over the top. Allow the babka to cool before slicing and serving.
This chocolate babka is sure to be a hit with everyone in your household. Its rich and chocolatey filling paired with its soft and fluffy bread make for the perfect treat. Plus, since it is dairy-free, it is a great option for those with dietary restrictions. Give this recipe a try and enjoy a delicious and indulgent treat that is also guilt-free.